How Scientific Teams Develop New Anti-Cancer Drugs

Stand Up to Cancer Day 9/8/17

Did you know that 1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetimes? Are you interested in becoming a scientist working to discover effective treatments in the fight against this deadly disease? In this video lesson (3rd in a series by MIT and Harvard), students see how teams of doctors, biologists, and chemists work together to discover and develop new drugs to fight cancer. They will see the various steps of drug discovery using the example of a type of leukemia called CML, caused by a translocation that leads to production of the fusion protein Bcr-Abl, a mutant protein. It will show how a famous drug is effective in treating this disease. Students will be assigned careers and work in groups to analyze data obtained during the steps in the drug discovery process, including: identifying rearrangements in chromosomes of cancer cells, identifying potential drugs from photos of cancer cells treated with various chemicals, and determining the most effective inhibitors of cancer cell growth. While doing these activities, students learn about the careers involved fight against cancer.

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ARKive: Whale Shark

Image of a whale shark swimming

Did you know that not all sharks are dangerous? Help in the effort in putting an end to urban legends about the threat from all sharks on humans. Aid your students in recognizing International Whale Shark Day on August 30th and and with discovering the docile nature of the whale shark species.Through numerous videos, a slideshow, photo collections, and an immense collection of researched content, students will learn the true peaceful nature of the endangered whale sharks. Students will transform their understanding so that they may want to swim with the whale sharks, possibly pet them on future vacations, and embark in an effort to preserve this peaceful animal.

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9 Tongue Twisters in 9 Different Languages

Cartoon about Tongue Twisters Challenge

August 26th is International Tongue Twister Day. Sometimes studying language can be a bore, but bring on Babbel’s bucketful of boistrous tongue twisters to tempt teachers to torment their students success with figurative language. Learners lament loudly when led to learn languages, especially when they are tongue twisters in a variety of languages! Go beyond the popular “Sally sells seashells” or “Peter Piper picked a peck” with these worldly twisters to tangle the tongues.

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Back to School 2017 with netTrekker

Welcome back from summer break!

As we start the 2017-2018 school year, know that Knovation’s teachers have worked over the summer to ensure that the the Knovation Content Collection and the netTrekker application are “back to school” ready.

Content Updates

On a  quarterly basis, Knovation publishes Content Matters, a report summarizing recent updates to our Content Collection including types of content and highlighting certain publishers. Following are recent reports:

Watch for the Back to School 2017 issue in early October:

netTrekker Integrations

As we work with Districts, one big challenge their teachers and students face today when using technology is the fatigue caused by jumping between applications (passwords, usability, practicality). Search no more as netTrekker integrates with Google Classroom, and today’s leading learning management systems, Canvas and Schoology ensuring that teacher-curated, quality content is easily accessible for lesson planning, teaching and learning.

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Energy in a Roller Coaster Ride

Picture of the engergy forces in a roller coaster ride

Take a trip on a virtual roller coaster for National Roller Coaster Day (8/16) while learning the science behind the highlight of major amusement parks. Students will learn about gravitational potential energy and kinetic energy through a virtual interactive roller coaster. Students will enjoy supplementary videos that will help students travel on on a virtual roller coaster as they experience centripetal force and other physical science topics. Investigate the importance of forces on their lives as while students enjoy this summer at the amusement park.

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Back to School 2017 with icurio

Welcome back to school!

Between trips to the pool, fireworks,  and a few backyard barbecues, we’ve been gearing up for a productive new school year with exciting improvements to icurio.

We’re happy to announce that the icurio integration in Schoology and Canvas now helps you easily find teacher recommended resources for the standards that you use most. If you don’t use icurio in Schoology and Canvas, you’ll still have access to the same teacher recommended resources for your standards.

Just like the websites that we bookmark and use on a daily basis,  you probably have standards or skills that you use frequently, and rarely change during the course of the school year.  We’ve made improvements to icurio that will help you store your preferred standards so that it’s effortless to find the standard you’re teaching, and see the best aligned resources.

After you confirm your school in icurio, you’ll select the grades and subjects that you teach. These preferences will narrow your focus, and will let icurio know which standards you care about most.

The icurio integration now includes quick paths to begin browsing through these standards. By typing the text from the standard number, or a concept included in its description, icurio will quickly present you with your standard.

Once you select the standard that you’re teaching, icurio will return a teacher recommended set of resources that you can embed in your course. We’re now offering teacher recommended resources for most Math and English Language Arts (ELA) standards, and will soon offer these resources for more standards, including broader coverage for Math and ELA, and also Science.

icurio also continues to offer powerful search refinements that help you narrow resources down according to how you want to deliver content in your course. In addition to academic level, readability level, language, and learning resource type, icurio now offers a broader selection of publishers for refinement. icurio has replaced the static list of 20 or so collections for refinement with the thousands of publishers that are included in the icurio collection. We’ve included a few of them here.

If you’re not using the Canvas or Schoology integration, you can still use resources that teachers have recommended for your standards. Once you select your standard, you’ll see the teacher recommended icon below each resource’s title.

We also know that standards can often include a number of different topics, concepts, or skills, so use the subject menu along the left side of the page to narrow your results to the topics or skills that matter most to you.

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The Elephant Sanctuary

A picture of an elephant

August 12 is World Elephant Day! These massive mammals are endangered. Hunters seek them in their natural habitats. In Tennessee conservationists, environmentalists, and lovers of elephants can visit the world accredited Elephant Sanctuary. This sanctuary houses many elephants, both Asian and African. The Elephant Sanctuary replicates the natural habitats of these creatures making it easier for them to stay safe and healthy as well as their being guaranteed the opportunity to be kept in herds with other elephants. Since the numbers are dwindling of these animals, facilities like this make an impact on their survival. Check out all about elephants on their special day!

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WebWise: Using the Internet

Picture of a road sign with "http://"

Millions of people use it every day, but how many of us know how it all works? Celebrate World Wide Web Day (8/1) and learn more about the Internet by exploring this website. Follow links to learn about the Internet, how to get connected, how to download, how to make a website or blog, how to fill forms out online, how to use search engines effectively, and how to use a browser. Links to additional information, safety and privacy tips, and a glossary are also available to help everyone from beginner to more experienced Internet users. The more you learn, the more effectively you will be able use the Internet to navigate and communicate with the world.

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American Folklore: Paul Bunyan

He’s a lumberjack and he’s ok…celebrate Lumberjack Day (7/28) by learning more about one of our most beloved folk heroes, Paul Bunyan. First popularized in 1910 by newspapermen and logging companies across the country, this larger-than-life character is a symbol of might, the willingness to work hard and overcome obstacles. Enjoy some of the tall tales about Paul Bunyan and his trusty blue Ox Babe and you will see why this hero embodies the frontier spirit and is loved by many.

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South Africa: The Day the Apartheid Ended

Celebrate Nelson Mandela Day (7/18) with this lesson and background information on apartheid in South Africa. The students will attempt to put themselves in the shoes of South Africans suffering under Apartheid and not allowed to vote. It utilizes the book The Day Gogo Went to Vote: South Africa, April 1994 by Elinor Batezat Sisulu which is about a respected grandmother finally being allowed to vote in South Africa as a jumping off point for the lesson. Read the background information on apartheid and Mandela and click the link at the bottom for the lesson plan.

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